Giving in the news – Week of 03.05.07

* Jack and Susan Taylor gave $25 million to Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, St. Louis, to create Enterprise Rent-A-Car Institute for Renewable Fuels, named for company founded by Jack Taylor.

* Microsoft to award $55 million in cash, software and community learning curriculum worldwide through Microsoft Unlimited Potential 2007 program.

* Ralph M. Parsons Foundation awarded $750,000 grant to City of Hope cancer center to establish 1,000 square-foot teaching laboratory for students at Graduate School of Biological Sciences.

* W.M. Keck Foundation awarded City of Hope and California Institute of Technology $450,000 grant to study lymphoma and possible treatments, with potential renewal of up to $1.55 million in additional funding through 2010.

* Foundation Center, New York, received $1.3 million challenge grant from Kresge Foundation toward center’s $15 million, 50th anniversary campaign.

* U.S. Soccer Foundation awarded $2 million in grants to 52 organizations as part of 12th annual grants program.

* Nonprofit Finance Fund, Philadelphia, received two grants totaling $750,000 from William Penn Foundation and Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development to expand Philadelphia’s Child Care Initiative and provide consultation to Penn Foundation grantees.

* Elfenworks Foundation awarded grant to Saint Mary’s College of California to create endowment at its Center for the Study of Fiduciary Capitalism, in order to support research on institutional investors and corporate governance.

* State Farm insurance awarded 100 Good Neighbor Service-Learning Grants of $1,000 to teachers and students in honor of National & Global Youth Service Day, designed to expose people to positive benefits of service learning.

* St. Louis Rams football star Terry Holt donated $20,000 to Siteman Cancer Center, Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital, for KidsCan! program, affiliate of support group started by Holt for kids dealing with cancer diagnosis of a parent.

* Accenture Foundations awarded $1.5 million grant to Aidmatrix to advance its Global Relief Network, using technology and relationships with 35,000 charities to deliver aid more quickly and efficiently.

* Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation awarded $122,000 grant to The Corps Network and $17,000 grant to Special Olympics, both to broaden services to young people with disabilities as part of Inclusive Initiative.  Foundation awarded $148,000 in matching grants and gifts to organizations selected by Mitsubishi Electric U.S. employees.

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